Chemical Engineering

Graduate Program

Whether or not to pursue graduate study is a very personal decision. Graduate school is qualitatively different from an undergraduate program -- courses have a different emphasis, especially at advanced levels, and faculty develop into colleagues. You get to develop your creativity. Graduate degrees create different opportunities, whether in industrial research, process development, management, or academia. It is wise to consult with your faculty, and then to follow your instincts about whether graduate school is right for you.

At WVU, we provide a wide range of research and educational opportunities for graduate study. We offer M.S.E., M.S.ChE., and Ph.D. programs. Our smaller student population allows us to offer highly personalized education and allows advisors to spend more time with students. A significant portion of our research is funded by industry.

We encourage graduate students to participate in national and regional professional activities, including the annual Regional Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium and annual AIChE meetings.

The Department maintains a state-of-the-art computer lab and software. The engineering research facility provides the Department with modern wet-chemical laboratories. Research areas include biochemical and biomedical engineering, carbon products, catalysis and reaction engineering, fluidization, fuels, particle science and powder technology, polymers and composites, and semiconductor processing. Click here for an overview of our graduate programs.

Programs Offered

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

The master's in chemical engineering program is built on advanced chemical engineering fundamentals. In this program, students with conduct applicable research in areas such as biomedical, bioengineering, catalysis, coal conversion, energy, fuels, materials, polymer processing, systems control, and dynamic simulation.

Program Overview

Curriculum Overview

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

It should be emphasized that the Ph.D. is primarily a research degree, and therefore the research work for a doctoral dissertation should show a high order of originality on the part of the student and must offer an original contribution to the field of engineering science.

Curriculum Overview

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Admission Requirements

Masters Program

Admission to the M.S.Ch.E. program is restricted to those holding a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering or its equivalent. The M.S.E. program is available to students holding baccalaureate degrees in other fields of engineering and the physical sciences who wish to pursue a broad interdisciplinary program relevant to the major graduate areas administered by the department.

Regular Admission
To be admitted as a regular graduate student, an applicant must have a B.S. degree and a sound record in previous college work with a minimum 3.0/4.0 cumulative grade-point average.

Provisional Admission
Applicants who cannot meet these conditions may be considered for admission in a conditional category. Students admitted with deficiencies in their undergraduate programs are required to take some chemical engineering courses as prerequisites for graduate courses. These requirements are stated as a condition for admission.

Doctoral Program

The department will consider a student's application for admission to doctoral work on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. A B.S. from accredited chemical engineering program or a recognized international program in chemical engineering; or a M.S./M.S.E.,
  2. A completed application submitted to the WVU Admissions Office; official transcripts of all previous college course work must be supplied,
  3. Grade point average (GPA) exceeding 3.0/4.0 in undergraduate and graduate courses,
  4. Performance on M.S. thesis, if one was written,
  5. Three letters of recommendation,
  6. A score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 6.5 on the IELTS is the minimum required of all non-U.S. degree entrants for whom English is not the national language, and
  7. GRE scores, if requested by the department.

Students admitted will be classified as regular graduate students only. Provisional students, defined as applicants having a GPA less than 3.0/4.0, will not be admitted to the Ph.D. program.

WVU Admission Requirements

Application Checklist

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Financial Support

The financial aid program for M.S. and Ph.D. candidates includes competitive fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Graduate fellowships and other awards are available on a very competitive basis. All students receiving financial aid also receive a full tuition waiver and pay only about $100 per semester, depending on individual needs. Partial and fully tuition scholarships are also available.

Research Assistantships

Appointments are usually available for the student to participate in particular research projects which may often serve as dissertation research topics. A tuition scholarship is usually included. During the academic year, research assistants devote nominally one-half of their weekly effort to the dissertation research project. More time is expected to be devoted to research during the summer.

Teaching Assistantships

Some teaching assistantships may be available to qualified individuals. During the academic year the student is expected to devote half-time to assisting a faculty member in a course. This is in addition to time spent on research for the graduate degree that the student is pursuing.

Fellowships

These are special forms of scholarship which are sponsored by industry or government agencies. Fellowships may be granted for support of specified research, or in some cases may be unrestricted.

Resources

Required Forms

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Handbooks

Master's of Chemical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

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